Chocolate Tiger

Chocolate Tiger

BandPopAlternative

If Sanford and Son, I Dream of Jeanie, and Get Smart spawned a child who grew up in Brazil and New York, this is what he would want to hear while travelling through Europe.

Biography

The premier vocal album from Nicholas Naylor-Leyland, The End of an Error is variously reminiscent of The Beatles, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Beck, Michael Franks, Elvis Costello, Sly Stone, Chicago, War, Steely Dan, David Byrne, Arto Lindsay and Caetano Veloso. A delightful Brazilian undercurrent courses through the 13 songs.

This is both modern and timeless-sounding music - yielding frequent surprises while keeping its calm. It will sound satisfyingly familiar to those raised on a steady diet of Sanford and Son, Get Smart, and I Dream of Jeanie. In its unusual orchestral pop arrangements, Chocolate Tiger evokes European sensibilities as well as those of North and South America, and one may even detect hints of the far east.

On hearing The End of an Error, Chocolate Genius exclaimed:
"What a sweet and beautiful surprise... ...really stellar."

A host of talents have contributed to the album and to the live shows.
They include downtown New York City luminaries Oren Bloedow (Elysian Fields), David Hoffman (Ulu),
Peck Allmond (Ray Lamontagne), and Cyro Baptista (Paul Simon, Sting, Trey Anastasio),
not to mention the fulsome contribution of co-producer Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan, Lenny Kravitz),
who is responsible for the horn arrangements and playing a broad range of instruments, besides being a fine Tiger tamer.

Nicholas' lead vocals, guitar, and bass playing are flanked by trumpet, tenor sax, euphonium, alto flute, vibraphone, Hammond B3 organ, Fender Rhodes piano, melodica, and a clutch of percussion toys atop the bedrock drums.
The icing on this musical red velvet cake are the elegant backing vocals.

The lyrics veer from whimsical takes on lovers both hapless (Snowman Suntan, The Gospel, After Her) and hopeful (Red, Balmy, Tulips) to Tiger's favorites - animal tales and eating - (The Opportunist, Wake Up, Under the Sun), while the album ends with the Rumi-inspired words of Ocean.

Chocolate Tiger founder Nicholas Naylor-Leyland is a perennial amateur ichthyologist,
a resurgent numismatist, a lucky stiff yoga teacher, a lapsing Tibetan Buddhist, and now also a fledgeling farmhand. He at last escaped the gravitational field of New York City and has landed comfortably in Westchester.
Nicholas debuted his first band - Teatime - as the opener for UB40 at what was then the Ritz in NYC.
A club DJ in the time before they became celebrities, he went on to release two instrumental albums in the '90s and continues to explore singing what one might call secular gospel music
with vocal ensembles. When not actively making music, he has created and performed in dance pieces,
raced bicycles, scaled peaks, made bacon and taught in NYC public schools. He likes to fling discs on Sundays.

The name Chocolate Tiger comes from:
a.) the butterfly bearing that name (Parantica melaneus sinopion)
b.) a pair of Paul Frank pajamas
c.) a striped, peanut butter and chocolate dessert confection
d.) an origin akin to Steely Dan's moniker

Lyrics

the gospel according to me

Written By: nicholas naylor-leyland

you were my star
i was your universe
the gospel according to me
i wound you up
i called you beautiful
the gospel according to me

i went too far
i took a turn for the worse
you threw our car into reverse

i was so full i spilled it all, spilled it all
i was so full, i spilled it all, all, all
i was so full, i spilled it all

you were the flesh
mine was the word, indeed
the gospel according to me
i plucked your harp
i wrote our symphony
the gospel according to me

i made a mess i ate your happiness
i gave you no rest
now i know loneliness

my hymn is sung my will is done
i am done
my hymn is sung
my will is done, done, done
my hymn is sung, my will is done

the gospel according to me
the gospel according to me
the gospel according to me

snowman suntan

Written By: Nicholas Naylor-Leyland

a honey flower but with twice the sting of bees
under glass you’re kept at ninety three degrees
again romancing a man who’s made of snow
cute as the button in the middle of his face

hothouse you stay
the chubby lover must come for you though each time he is melting for you melting for you
all, all because he adores you all because he adores you

humming , a bird appears to kiss you for dinner
funny - how innocent you look to the eye
blooming so late - in love, a complete beginner
your man snowman’s going to cry

you are wrapped up in the twisting of your vine
can’t see the puddles all this loving leaves behind
don’t you know that your man is made of snow can’t you see - it’s not a healthy glow

hothouse charade
the chubby lover still comes to you though each time he is melting for you - melting for you
all, all because he adores you - all because he adores you

humming , a bird appears to kiss you for dinner
funny - how innocent you fancy your fun blooming so late - in love, a complete beginner
snowman suntan’s going to run
your man snowman’s going to run

cupid

Written By: Nicholas Naylor-Leyland

about as old as sin
instead of ugly
I'm young and godly

you think my work is fun
there's more to business
than blowing kisses

quiver and a bow
i send an arrow which rarely misses

quiver and a bow
with my finger
new love begins

only for love, love, love
only for love does my soul sing

i don't recognize
age or reason
it's open season

so with covered eyes
i send an arrow
which rarely misses

and if your pants are down
you're surely asking
to feel what this is

and if your pants are down
with my finger
new love begins

only for love, love, love
only for love does my soul sing

at home my little butterfly awaits
she alone will lavish me with praise

you're thinking "will it sting?"
I see you have not
learned a thing

sure, it's got to smart
a bit of end
right from the start

only for love, love, love
only for love does my soul sing

Discography

The End of an Error
(full length debut album, summer 2006)

Set List

Songs from the aforementioned The End of an Error,
plus covers as diverse as:
Blue Skies - Irving Berlin
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Estate (summer) - Bruno
Hushaby Mountain - (from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
I Want to Vanish - Elvis Costello